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Daria Melnikova – Russian actress

Daria Melnikova

Daria Melnikova. Photo: kinopoisk.ru


Daria Melnikova is a Russian actress, better known for her role of Zhenya Vasnetsova in the popular TV series “Father’s Daughters”.
She was born on February 9, 1992 in Omsk. It is worth noting that, Daria is a granddaughter of the famous Soviet actor Mikhail Kokshenov.
At the age of 3 the girl was engaged in dancing and performed together with folk ensemble “Pearl”. Daria also learned to play the piano at a music school and was involved in ballet.
In 2006 Melnikova debuted in the movie. She played the main role in the film “Cinderella 4×4. Everything starts with desire.” However, the film was released only in 2008. Aspiring actress played 14-year-old Cinderella – an ordinary teen girl, who is a little bit strange, dreamy and always gets into strange and unusual situations. For this role Melnikova was awarded the prize for the Best Female child role at the XVII Open Film Festival of CIS countries “Kinoshock -2008” and Best Actress in a children’s movie at XII All-Russian Festival of Visual Arts.
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Darya Poverennova – Russian actress

Darya Poverennova

Darya Poverennova – Russian actress

Darya Poverennova is a Russian theater and film actress.
She was born on June 15, 1972 in Moscow. Her father worked as a translator in the publishing house “Progress” and her mother Tatiana Lukyanova was a theater actress. Her parents divorced and Dasha stayed with her mother. The girl spent her childhood in the theater. She watched her mother’s performances and was proud of her.
Darya is a granddaughter of Soviet actor Sergey Lukyanov and ballerina Hadezhda Tyshkevich.
Poverennova’s film career began with… Hollywood erotica.
In 1992, American director Zalman King invited her to play a role in erotic drama series “Red Shoe Diaries”.
Her career in Russian cinema began with Alexander Chernykh’s melodrama “I love you”, based on Victoria Tokareva’s story “Nothing special”.
In 1994, Poverennova graduated from Shchukin Theater School and joined Mayakovsky Theater.
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Elena Korikova – beautiful actress

Elena Korikova

Elena Korikova – beautiful actress

Beautiful blonde Elena Korikova is a Russian actress.
She was born on April 12, 1972 in Siberian city Tobolsk. But then her family moved to Rostov, where young girl joined Drama theater.
At the age of 17 Lena went to conquer Moscow, where she successfully passed the entrance test and entered the Moscow Institute of Cinematography. Her debut role was in a fairy tale “Ha-bi-aces” directed by Anatoly Mateshko, where she starred with Vladimir Mashkov.
Her role in the film “Mistress into Maid” by Alexei Sakharov was one of the brightest. For this role, Elena was awarded a prize at the film festival “Kinoshock” and the Nika Award for “Best Actress”.
Elena played role of Tanya in the drama “Mu-Mu” by Yuri Grymov.
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Tatiana Samoilova – Star of Soviet cinema

Tatiana Samoilova

Tatiana Samoilova – Star of Soviet cinema

On May 4, 2014, the day of her 80th birthday, star of Soviet cinema Tatiana Samoilova died of heart disease.
Tatiana was born on May 4, 1934 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She was the only daughter of remarkable Soviet film and theater actor Yevgeny Samoilov. In 1937 the family moved to Moscow. Tatiana graduated from the ballet studio and even was invited to study at the ballet school of the Bolshoi Theater by outstanding ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. However, Tatiana always wanted to be an actress. And in 1953, Samoilova entered the Shchukin Drama School, where she met her future husband Vasily Lanovoi.
Tatiana played her debut role in 1955 in Vladimir Kaplunovsky’s movie “The Mexican” based on a story by Jack London. The success of the film was huge, but the girl had problems at school. The students of drama schools were strictly forbidden to act in films. In 1956, Tatiana had to leave the school. And in the same year she received an invitation to play the title role in film “The Cranes Are Flying” based on Victor Rozov’s play “Forever Alive”. The role of Veronica was one of her most important roles.
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Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor

Sergey Bezrukov

Sergey Bezrukov – Russian actor

Sergey Bezrukov is a Russian film and theater actor, People’s Artist of Russia (2008).
He was born on October 18, 1973 in Moscow in the family of actor Vitaly Bezrukov. The boy was named after his father’s favorite poet Sergey Yesenin. Vitaly didn’t want his son to become an actor. However, when Sergey participated in school plays, Bezrukov Sr. taught his son did not play a role, but live life on the stage.
At the age of 14 Sergey acted in the play “My Poor Marat”.
After school Bezrukov entered the Moscow Art Theatre School, where Oleg Tabakov became his teacher. Sergey was a good student and graduated with honors.
After graduation in 1994 he joined Tabakov Theater, where he played a lot of roles and was awarded various prizes.
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Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress

Anastasia Stotskaya

Anastasia Stotskaya – singer, actress

Anastasia Stotskaya is a bright singer and actress.
She was born on October 7, 1982 in Kiev, where she lived until 1992. The future singer was born in a family of physician and textile artist. Actor Pavel Maikov, who played in the TV series “Brigada”, is Anastasia’s brother. At the age of four Anastasia joined a music school and vocal – dance ensemble “Kyianochka”. In Kiev Stotskaya lived for 10 years and then the whole family moved to Moscow.
In Russia, Anastasia entered theater school. Her first work was in the children’s play “Fanta – Infanta”, where she played five roles – fairy, gypsy, Hussars, ballerina and black star.
Stotskaya graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. At the age of 18 Anastasia played her first role on the professional stage. It was the role of Fleur-de-lis in the musical Notre Dame De Paris.
In the Luna Theater she played on the same stage with renowned actors as Eugene Stytchkin and Chulpan Khamatova. Anastasia also performed with Pyatnitsky Russian Folk Chorus.
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Sergey Svetlakov – popular Russian actor

Sergey Svetlakov

Sergey Svetlakov – popular Russian actor

Sergey Svetlakov is a popular Russian actor, writer, comedian, former member of the KVN team.
Sergey was born on December 12, 1977 in Sverdlovsk in a family of railway workers. He has an older brother Dmitri Svetlakov (born in 1970). Sergey played football and basketball, and he even became a candidate for the master of sports in handball. Every summer, the whole family went to the village, where Sergey loved fishing.
In 2000, he graduated from the Urals State University of Railway Transport. Svetlakov was awarded the title of “Knight of the University”. He was the captain of the university KVN team. They became the coolest persons in Yekaterinburg after their participation in the KVN festival in Sochi.
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